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7:00 am
Fri April 17, 2015

'In the Mood': Glenn Miller Orchestra performs with BPO

Glenn Miller Music Director & Vocalist Nick Hilscher.
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orhcestra

It's been more than 70 years since the death of Glenn Miller. But his music, popularized during World War II, lives on in modern times. The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs Friday morning and Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhan's Music Hall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke to the music director and vocalist Nick Hilscher. 


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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Theater Talk: Steven McKinley Henderson offers insight into a historic career.

Joey Bucheker stars in "Betsy Carmichael's Late Nite Bingo."

This week Anthony interviewed Steven McKinley Henderson in an "Inside the Actor's Studio" format and enjoyed Henderson's memories about Broadway, Hollywood, The Regional Theater Movement, The Black Arts Movement, and August Wilson. 

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Art/Theater
1:35 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

'America's Got Downton' arrives in Buffalo

London Actor Luke Kempner appears in the WBFO studio to talk about America's Got Downton.

If you are a Downton Abbey fan you might want to check out a comedy theater production in Buffalo.  America's Got Downton plays Friday and Saturday evenings, April 10th & 11th, at 7:30 at 710-Main Theatre downtown. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down with London actor and impressionist Luke Kempner who performs a one-man show featuring his comedic take on more 30 Downton characters. 


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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Theater Talk: Roslyn Ruff and Stephen McKinley Henderson give back

Roslyn Ruff returns to Buff State on Monday.

Two actors with Buffalo roots who "made it big" will share with acting students next week. Roslyn Ruff, Broadway star active on TV and in film (The Help) comes back to Buff State on Monday, April 13 at 4 p.m. to conduct a workshop in The Flexible Theatre for young actors in any medium. Roslyn will then engage in a discussion with the general public at 5:30 p.m. 

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Art/Theater
7:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

The Lennon Sisters: Nearly six decades of entertaining

The Lennon Sisters with Lawrence Welk.

At the end of this year The Lennon Sisters will mark their 60th year in the entertainment business. They will be performing Friday, April 10 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. They first made their debut on the Lawrence Welk Show in December of 1955. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Kathy Lennon about their legacy and success.

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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Theater Talk: Meetings in the Alleyway

Two stages in one complex make for great hallway conversations.

This week Anthony returns from the American Theater Critics Association Annual Conference, which this year was in New Orleans, to report that regional and community theater artistic directors all have the same concerns, whether the city is a tourist mecca or "just Buffalo."  One concern that everyone has is getting works by a variety of playwrights actually produced. 

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Art/Theater
8:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Local meteorologist portrays priest in 'Angels Fall'

The cast of Angels Fall at The New Phoenix Theatre in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from The New Phoenix Theatre program.

A play written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson continues on stage at the New Phoenix Theater in Buffalo. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, it features a local television meteorologist who portrays a priest in 'Angels Fall.'

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Art/Theater
9:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

GBYB presents Cinderella

Elizabeth DiStasio-Waddell, founding artistic director of GBYB & her daughter, 14-year-old Amelia Waddell in the WBFO studio. Amelia shows off her wicked step-sister hairdo for Cinderella.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Dancers ranging in age of five to 65 will perform the classical ballet story of Cinderella Saturday evening.  The Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet performs at UB's Center for the Arts. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the classic tale features over 60-dancers.  

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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Theater Talk: Buffalo Quickies and some short runs

Matt Witten narrates Goethe's play "Egmont" about the tragic hero who fought for liberty against tyranny.

As the nomination period for the Tony Awards draws close, Anthony ventures to Broadway to take in the musical "On the 20th Century" with Kristen Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, "The Audience" with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, and "Disgraced" presenting the real lives of Disney princesses - and it's NOT for children (just those who once were).  Meanwhile, both stages at the Alleyway Theatre Complex are busy.

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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Theater Talk: Community Theater is where it all began

Alan Ayckbourn's clever play is at the Kavinoky.

Our western tradition of theater began with the Greeks, and for them, theater was community theater.  When Sophocles, Euripides, or Aeschylus saw their plays, it was a community  effort.  To this day, Greek philosophy, politics, religion, ethics, medicine, and, of course, community theater, are an integral part of who we are.  This week Theater Talk notes several community offerings including "The Boys Next Door" presented by both the Lancaster Regional Players at the Lancaster Opera House and The Western Door Playhouse at the Woodbox Theatre in Niagara Falls,  "The Odd Couple" presented by

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Art/Theater
10:47 am
Mon March 16, 2015

'Borrowed History': New artwork inspired by art greats

Two Buffalo, Peter Fowler & Bruce Bitmead created new paintings and sculptures and their work is inspired by the greatest artists of all time. Borrowed History is on display at Dolce Valvo Art Center on the Niagara College Community Campus in Sanborn.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Two Buffalo artists have created new paintings and sculptures and their work is inspired by some of the greatest artists of all time.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the artwork is on display at the Dolce Valvo Art Center on the Niagara College Community Campus in Sanborn and will share some artist advice with students. 

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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Theater Talk: British Invasion 2014 - Oscar Wilde and Andrew Lloyd Webber shows arrive..

Oscar Wilde, author of "The Importance of Being Earnest" which is now on stage at Buff State

Pre-dating the TV show "Seinfeld" ("the show about nothing") by 100 years, Oscar Wilde's most popular (and unfortunately last) play "The Importance of Being Earnest" moved one contemporary critic to write that he had enjoyed the play but found it empty of meaning.  Nobody cares when you have delightful verbal fencing written by a master with lines such as:  “To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up,” “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his”  and "I hate people who are not serious about meals.

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Art/Theater
9:22 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Photo exhibit: Children of San Jose Del Negrito

Children of San Jose Del Negrito exhibit at the CEPA Gallery.
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Two Buffalo artists set out on a photography journey in a remote village in Honoduras. They work is now on display at CEPA Gallery in downtown Buffalo. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley met with the artists to learn about their photos that portray Honduras children from impoverished lives. 

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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Theater Talk: Next Thursday, Chase plays "Lady Bracknell" at Buffalo State

"After Miss Julie" is an update of the play by Strindberg, now at the Irish Classical Theater

The play has been blocked, lit, rehearsed and now all we need is an audience this coming Thursday, March 12th for the opening of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" at Buff State where Theater Talk co-host reverses roles in more ways than one. Now Anthony Chase will be on stage, not in the audience, playing "Lady Bracknell" in high heels, wig, and very stylish clothes.  "Arrivals and Departures" by Alan Ayckbourn opened at the Kavinoky, and the other two openings were Nobel prize winning playwright Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape" at Torn Space and Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" at ART In The Box on Linwood Avenue.

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Art/Theater
9:23 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Buffalo Silver Band: 100-years of entertaining

Bill Cocca,David Myrow & Michael Van Der Puy are members of the Buffalo Silver Band.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the region's oldest cultural organizations is celebrating its Centennial Year.  The Buffalo Silver Band has been entertaining local audiences for 100-years. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with some members of the brass band about their legacy.

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Art/Theater
10:16 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Bawdiness: Mommy’s Martini Hour 2

Kerrykate Abel & Loraine O'Donnell in the WBFO studio discussing their show Mommy's Martin Hour 2: The Hangover.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

If you're looking to shake off the winter blues with some laughter Mommy's Martini Hour 2: The Hangover hits the stage Friday evening as Buffalo United Artists presents the show at the Alleyway on Main Street.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with Loriane O'Donnell and KerryKate Abel -- who considered themselves Buffalo's theater divas. O'Donnell and Abel are offering the cabaret-style, adult only show this weekend.

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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Theater Talk: "After Miss Julie" and "White Boy Othello" re-imagine classic plays

White actor Jeffrey Coyle is playing the Moor opposite an all-African American cast in "White Boy Othello."

Two plays discussed in this week's Theater Talk re-imagine two classics. "After Miss Julie" takes Swedish playwright August Strindberg's very dark "Miss Julie" and moves it to Britain in 1945 after a Labor Party Victory.  In both plays Julie has a one night affair with a man from a lower class and ultimately sees suicide as the only way to move forward.  That opened last night at the Irish Classical Theatre and runs through March 22.

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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Theater Talk: Big Momma, Mothers and Sons, Mommy's Martini Hour all on stage

Anne Hartley Pfohl stars in "Mothers and Sons" at the Alleyway Theatre

By coincidence, a number of theaters this weekend feature mothers and mother figures (all with varying levels of dysfunction).  Having Tyne Daly pass up the chance to spend a winter in Buffalo (go figure!) that opened the door for local talent Anne Hartley Pfohl to star in Terrence McNally's "Mothers and Sons" at the Alleyway Theatre.  (The address is One Curtain Up Alley in the shadow of Shea's huge backstage.)

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Art/Theater
9:39 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The many talents of actor John O'Hurley

Actor John O'Hurley in our WBFO studio talking about staring in Chicago at Shea's and his former hit role as J. Peterman in Seinfeld.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Tony award winning Broadway hit Chicago opened on stage this week at Shea's Performing Arts Center.  It stars an actor who is best known for his role in Seinfeld.  John O'Hurley performs as lawyer Billy Flynn.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with O'Hurley about his Chicago performances and his famous Seinfeld character. 

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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Theater Talk: "Gigi" needs work; "Buddy" & "Beau" delight

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" delights at Musicalfare, but only through March 8th.

Just back from the Kennedy Center in our nation's capitol, Anthony reports that while the cast of Lerner & Lowe's "Gigi" is first rate, the direction is not.  They've got a month to fix things before opening on Broadway.

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Art/Theater
4:58 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Theater Talk: Last chance for Lion, Lovers, and Crash

Beau Jest, a romantic comedy, runs through March 1.

Openings this week include "The Mystery of the Silver Chalice" - a play at 710 Main where the audience directs the plot - "Beau Jest" at Jewish Repertory in which a Jewish girl hires an actor to play her boyfriend when she goes home to see the parents and "Million Dollar Quartet" which looks at the birth of rock'n'roll. It's at Shea's but for two days only.

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Art/Theater
8:58 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Ben Vereen to perform with the BPO

Ben Vereen.
Credit Photo from BPO website.

Legendary and multi-talented entertainer Ben Vereen appears Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for the Pop Series. Vereen, well known for his Broadway work, brings his star power to Kleinhan's Music Hall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Vereen ahead of Saturday's performance. 


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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Theater Talk: From 8 to 80, there's good theater for all

"Crash" at T.O.Y. looks at bullying, appropriate for audiences 8 years old and up

At the age of 80, Australian comedian Barry Humphries is retiring his character "Dame Edna Everage" after a 2015 farewell tour. Anthony flew out to Los Angeles to catch a show last week, but Buffalo/Toronto audiences can wait until early April when the tour comes to the Royal Alexandra in Toronto.

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Art/Theater
7:30 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Theater Talk: Buffalo-Broadway connections

The Graduate - a coming of age story - is at the Alleyway Theatre.

Having just seen A.R. Gurney's "Family Furniture" at the Kavinoky Theatre, Anthony Chase noticed strong parallels with Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" back on Broadway, especially upper class families who can talk a lot, but not about their problems.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Theater Talk: Whichever play you see this week, you'll have fun

O'Neill and Hogan star at the Irish Classical

Of last week's two openings, A.R. Gurney's "Family Furniture" at the Kavinoky (D'Youville campus)  is "soulful" while Alan Ayckbourn's tightly plotted "Snake in the Grass," a Red Thread Theatre production at the Marie Maday Theatre (Canisius College), is the "thriller."

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Theater Talk: Playwrights Ayckbourn and Gurney effective in small spaces

Popular Buffalo playwright A. R. Gurney

In common with the great Anton Chekhov, playwrights Alan Ayckbourn and Buffalo's A.R. Gurney both make effective use of small sets which serve multiple purposes as well as indirect action - the off stage drama churning beneath the service. In Ayckbourn's "Snake in the Grass" two sisters reunite after the death of their abusive father.  In Gurney's "Family Furniture" a mother might have engaged in an infidelity, but nobody is talking, at least not directly, in the drama set in Buffalo in the 1950s.

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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Theater Talk: Buffalo's Christine Baranski is 'deliciously wicked.'

Buffalo's own Christine Baranski makes a deliciously wicked stepmother in Sondheim's "Into the Woods"

It's a rare theater company that has something on the boards over Christmas, but that's when the movies bring out some blockbusters, including an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods." Major stars fill the silver screen, including Meryl Streep as "The Witch" and Buffalo's own Christine Baranski as "The Stepmother."  Anthony reports that there are some differences between stage and screen versions, partly because gruesome elements can be comedic on stage while movies, which are only two dimensional, somehow seem "more real." On the other hand, effects such as levitation and magic

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Art/Theater
4:36 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Theater Talk: Mr. and Mrs. Claus come out, conquer Martians, and save Christmas during the Blitz

"It WAS a Wonderful Life" celebrates former famous Buffalonians at Forest Lawn.

Two versions of “A Christmas Carol,” one with Mike Randall at the Sheridan-Parkside Community Center Theatre and one (32 years running!) at the Alleyway, continue as does “Miracle on South Division Street” by “Over the Tavern” playwright Tom Dudzick at the Roycroft Pavilion in East Aurora and “Jerry’s Girls” presented by O’Connell and Company at the Park School in Snyder.

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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Theater Talk: Diverse theaters offer different takes on Christmas

David C. Mitchell as Ebenezer Scrooge at the Alleyway Theatre

With all of the theaters in the Buffalo area, is there competition for the same audience?  Not so, Anthony Chase tells Peter Hall. Each local theater has a niche market which it serves.  For example, the audiences for "A Christmas Carol" currently at the Alleyway Theatre (and it its 32nd production) will be looking for nostalgia and something for their kids.  Subversive Theatre's "The Guns of Christmas" at the Many Fried Playhouse is both a political statement and a moving portrayal of the horrors of war. And the BUA's "Santa Claus is Coming Out" at The Mainstreet Cabaret or "The Santaland Diaries" at the Road Less Traveled Theatre will appeal to yet a third kind of audience looking for something different.

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Art/Theater
7:49 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Theater Talk: Santa comes out while Cinderella gets edgy

At the Manny Fried Playhouse "The Guns of Christmas"

"Cinderella" has dropped a lot of the 1950s schmaltz and with a new script by Douglas Carter Beane (and a great pair of shoes) this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical brings a lot of  sassy adult humor to Shea's Performing Arts Center,  but only through this Sunday, December 7th.  Down the block, BUA presents "Santa Claus is Coming Out," a story where Santa decides that, despite expectations, it's always better to do the right thing.  And across Main Street, for a little more edgy seasonal humor, Mark Sacco brings David Sedaris' "The Santaland Diaries" to the stage at Road Less Traveled (sti

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